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Table of Contents 

Introduction to Missouri Waterfowl Hunting 3 

201 1 -201 2 Waterfowl Hunting Outlook 3 

Duck and Breeding Grounds Status 4 

New Duck Season Date Formulas 6 

South Zone Boundary Changes 6 

Goose Status 7 

When Hunting From a Boat 9 

Permits and Stamps 10 

Bag Limits for Ducks, Geese and Coots 12 

Light Goose Conservation Order 13 

Youth Waterfowl-Hunting Days 14 

Falconry Season for Ducks and Coots 14 

Managed Waterfowl-Hunting Areas 16 

Zone Boundaries 18 

Federal Regulations Summary 20 

Tips for Shooting Nontoxic Shot 23 

Duck Identification 24 

Goose Identification 29 

Conservation Department Contact Information 30 

Sunrise/Sunset Table 31 

201 1-2012 Season Dates 32 



What's New in 201 1 -201 2? 

■ The Conservation Commission has simplified the procedure for setting 
opening dates for duck seasons. This will give hunters an earlier indication 
of season timing. See Page 6. 

■ Two adjustments have been made to the South Zone to provide hunt- 
ing opportunities that better match historic weather patterns, waterfowl 
migrations, local landscape features and hunter preferences in the south- 
east and southwest regions of Missouri. See Page 6. 

■ Hunters wishing to reserve a Conservation Department disabled-accessi- 
ble blind must complete a physician's statement of eligibility prior to their 
hunt. See Page 16. 

■ Grand Pass, Eagle Bluffs and Otter Slough conservation areas will con- 
tinue using the Quick Draw system to award hunting spots. See Page 16. 

■ The Middle Zone Youth Waterfowl Season will open two weeks before the 
regular Middle Zone season. This will avoid conflicting with Halloween 
and will be consistent with last year's timing. See back cover. 




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Introduction to Missouri Waterfowl Hunting 

Missouri waterfowl hunters now have more days and places to hunt than 
ever. Waterfowlers can hunt eight straight months beginning with teal sea- 
son in September and concluding at the end of the Light Goose Conserva- 
tion Order in April. 

In the past 20 years, federal and state agencies, conservation organiza- 
tions and concerned citizens have restored 25,000 acres of public wetlands 
and more than 100,000 acres of private wetlands— a small portion of the 87 
percent of wetlands lost in Missouri. Today's hunters can hunt such varied 
habitats as shallow-flooded wetlands, flooded crop fields, dry crop fields, 
flooded timber, rivers, ponds and reservoirs. 



2011 -201 2 Waterfowl Hunting Outlook 

The preseason outlook is similar to last year with high expectations based 
on a fall flight that is predicted to be well above average. However, weather, 
local habitat conditions and migration timing will play major roles in 
shaping the 2011-2012 season. This year, flooding along the Mississippi and 
Missouri rivers and drought in southwest Missouri have resulted in highly 
variable wetland conditions. Timely migrations and favorable weather pat- 
terns, combined with season dates that bracket both early and late hunting 
preferences, should provide hunters with a variety of opportunities during 
the 2011-2012 waterfowl season. 



Status of Habitat on the Breeding Grounds 

Ducks had ample water and good nesting habitat through much of their 
breeding range in 2011. Wetland numbers were up 22 percent from 2010 and 
62 percent above the long-term average. Conditions improved substantially 
across Prairie Canada compared to 2010 with excellent wetland conditions 
in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Similarly, prairies in the 
north-central United States received ample snow and spring precipitation 
resulting in good to excellent nesting and brood-rearing habitat. Spring and 
summer rain maintained good wetland conditions throughout the breeding 
grounds, setting the stage for excellent duck production in 2011. 

Duck Status 

This year's estimate of 45.6 million ducks is 11 percent above the 2010 
estimate and 35 percent above the long-term average. In fact, it's the high- 
est estimate since such surveys began in 1955. Blue-winged teal, gadwalls, 
shovelers and redheads appear to be doing the best as their populations 
ranged from 80 percent to 106 percent above their long-term averages. Mal- 
lard numbers are 9 percent higher than 2010 and 22 percent higher than 
their long-term average. Green-winged teal declined 17 percent from 2010 
but are still 47 percent above their long-term average. Pintail numbers 
increased 26 percent from 2010 and are now similar to their long-term aver- 
age. Although unchanged from 2010, scaup remained 15 percent below 
their long-term average. Wigeon numbers declined 14 percent from 2010 
and are now 20 percent below their long-term average. 

Loss of Habitat Impacts Waterfowl Nesting 

Grassland habitat for nesting waterfowl is declining in the northern prairies 
of the United States. Native grassland is being converted to cropland, and 
conservation gains made through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 
since 1985 are now being rolled back. Nearly 1.5 million acres have been 
taken out of CRP in North Dakota and South Dakota since 2007. The loss 
of grasslands provided through CRP combined with an annual conversion 
of approximately 70,000 acres of native grassland into cropland could nega- 
tively impact grassland-nesting waterfowl such as mallards, pintails and 
blue-winged teal. 




Flue- winged teal in breeding plumage 



Duck Hunters Help Establish 
MIssourrs Duck Seasons 

In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildhfe Service provided states the chance to 
revise their duck season structure and zone boundaries for the next five 
years. To solicit input about zone boundaries and season dates, the Con- 
servation Department surveyed 10,000 migratory bird permit holders and 
hosted 16 workshops attended by more than 300 people. Based on this 
input, the Department developed formulas to set season dates, modified 
the South Zone boundary in two locations and elected to maintain the cur- 
rent structure consisting of three zones and no split seasons. 



Adaptive Harvest Management 

The federal Adaptive Harvest Management Program provides for a 60-day sea- 
son with a six-duck daily bag limit in 201 1 -201 2 for the 1 5th consecutive year. 
Each year's regulation recommendation is based on the status of the mallard 
breeding population and the condition of prairie ponds in Canada. A three- 
tiered package of open seasons includes liberal (60 days), moderate (45 days) 
and restrictive (30 days) options. For more information, go to: 
www.flyways.us/regulations-and-harvest/adaptive-harvest-management 



New Duck Season Date Formulas 

Missouri's duck season opening dates will now be set according to the for- 
mulas listed in the table below. This change will enable hunters to make 
plans further in advance. Previously, hunters had to wait until late August 
to find out the timing of duck season. Now, hunters can determine season 
dates in late July, as soon as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 
whether the upcoming season will be liberal (60 days), moderate (45 days) 
or restrictive (30 days). 



Duck Season Opening Dates 


Zone 


Liberal (60 Days) 


Moderate (45 Days) 


Restrictive (30 Days) 


North 


Last Saturday 
in October 


1st Saturday 
in November 


2nd Saturday 
in November 


Middle 


1st Saturday in 
November 


2nd Saturday 
in November 


3rd Saturday 
in November 


South 


Thanksgiving Day 


1st Saturday 
in December 


2nd Saturday 
in December 



Zone Boundary Change in Southwest Missouri 

An adjustment to the South Zone boundary will add a small area in southwest 
Missouri to the Middle Zone. Previously, the boundary had followed Highway 54 
to the Kansas border Now, the boundary will extend south on Highway 71 from 
Highway 54 to Jasper County Highway M and then west to the Kansas border. 

Hunters in southwest Missouri comprise two distinct groups. Those who 
hunt field-feeding ducks from Stockton Reservoir prefer a season that opens 
as late as possible. Those who hunt shallow water prefer Middle Zone sea- 
son dates. The zone boundary adjustment offers a compromise between 
these two groups. The portion of this region with the most shallow water 
habitat will now be afforded Middle Zone season dates. A zone boundary 
located more than 20 miles west of Stockton Reservoir will allow field hunt- 
ers to continue taking advantage of field-feeding ducks. See map, Page 18. 



Zone Boundary Moved West from Interstate 55 to 
Highway 25 in Southeast Missouri 

Finding the best combination of season dates and zone boundaries to 
accommodate hunters in southeast Missouri continues to be a challenge. 
Southeast Missouri hunters responding to the 2009 Statewide Migratory Bird 
Hunter Survey were nearly equally divided regarding season date prefer- 
ences with 45 percent indicating they would prefer season dates similar to 
what they now have and 42 percent expressing a preference for dates simi- 
lar to those offered in the South Zone. However, southeast Missouri hunters 
were in general agreement that ducks usually begin using the rice fields 

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and wetland habitat east of Highway 25 later than they use Otter Slough 
and surrounding private wetlands and rice fields to the west. 

The rice fields and wetlands east of Highway 25 are separated from 
those to the west around Otter Slough by Crowley's Ridge. Moving the 
South Zone boundary west from Interstate 55 to Highway 25 places the 
habitat east of Highway 25 in the South Zone. (See map, Page 18.) This will 
provide hunting opportunity when more ducks are present east of High- 
way 25 without adversely affecting hunters in the remainder of the region. 
Although the boundary change will affect only a small portion of southeast 
Missouri, it will help the Department learn more about hunter preferences. 

Hunters^ Preferences About Duck Season Structure 

Missouri duck hunters favor the current structure of three zones and no 
splits according to the 2009 Statewide Migratory Bird Hunter Survey and out- 
comes of public workshops conducted in spring 2011. Survey respondents 
and workshop participants were asked their preferred season structure 
among choices offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at that time: 

■ One zone with no, one or two split seasons 

■ TWo zones with a split season 

■ Three zones with no splits 

Of statewide survey respondents with an opinion, 51 percent preferred 
three zones with no split seasons, 16 percent preferred two zones with a 
split season, and 33 percent preferred one zone with either no, one or two 
split seasons. Sixty-two percent of workshop participants also preferred 
three zones with no split season. 

In addition to these alternatives, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
recently announced that states could offer four zones or three zones with 
a split season in each zone. The Department will review public input and 
make adjustments as warranted for the 2012-2015 period. 

Missouri's Resident Canada Goose Status 

Giant Canada geese nest in Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Many 
hunters may be surprised to learn that Missouri's resident goose popu- 
lation—although commonly seen— is small compared to populations in 
other states. For example, Missouri's spring 2011 estimate of 53,000 breed- 
ing Canada geese was nearly seven times smaller than Minnesota's esti- 
mate of 370,000. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that Missouri's 
population has been stable to somewhat declining over the past decade. 
This year's estimate is nearly 31 percent below the peak of 77,000 in 2000. 
Although too many resident geese can cause problems in localized areas, 
too few geese can result in poor hunting and fewer opportunities for year- 
round viewing. 



Eastern Prairie Population (EPP) Canada Goose Status 

EPP Canada geese nest 
along the Hudson Bay 
coast in northern Mani- 
toba and migrate into 
Minnesota, Iowa and 
Missouri. Their popula- 
tion is much smaller 
than the giant Canada 
goose population and 
can be more susceptible 
to overharvest. This 
year's EPP Canada goose 
breeding population 
estimate of 133, 000 is 
23 percent smaller than 
2010 but still near the 
long-term average of 
145,000 and well above 

the threshold that would trigger a more restrictive season. In 2010, state and 
federal agencies agreed to allow more-liberal regulations to remain in place 
for five years. 2011-2012 marks the second season of the new regulations. 




Canada geese 



Missouri's Canada Goose Season 

Missouri's Canada goose season structure provides easy-to-follow regula- 
tions, more days of hunting and larger bag limits than offered in recent his- 
tory. Hunters who like to stretch out their waterfowl season can take advan- 
tage of the early Canada goose season. Hunters who enjoy combining duck 
and goose hunting can take advantage of concurrent seasons in Decem- 
ber and early January. Late-season hunting is provided by a season that 
remains open through Jan. 31— as late as the federal framework allows. At 
one time, Canada goose hunters had to keep track of season dates for three 
segments within five different zones and bag limits that differed among sea- 
son segments. Now, Missouri has a statewide season consisting of only two 
segments with the same daily bag limit throughout. 



Support Waterfowl and Wetland Conservation 

Help ensure abundant waterfowl, healthy wetlands and a thriving water- 
fowl hunting tradition exist for future generations. Join a conservation orga- 
nization to work with other hunters and conservationists. Consider buying 
an extra duck stamp to support the purchase of additional wetland habitat. 
Visit mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care for help managing your property for 
waterfowl and wildlife. Perpetuate the tradition of waterfowl hunting by 
mentoring a new hunter. Please get involved! 



When Hunting From a Boat 

■ Leave a detailed float plan with family or friends. 

■ Check the weather forecast. High winds can be dangerous. 

■ Don't overload the boat. 

■ Load gear low in the boat and distribute the weight evenly. 

■ Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times. 

■ If using chest waders, wear a belt to keep them from filling with water. 

■ Carry a throwable flotation device in case someone falls overboard. 

■ Transport firearms with the action open, unloaded and cased. 

■ At the first sign of a storm, head for shore. 

If your boat swamps or capsizes 

■ Stay with the boat, and use distress signals. 

■ To retain body heat, pull your knees to your chest and keep your elbows 
to your sides. 

■ Place an oar under your knees and another behind your back. 

■ If decoys are in reach, stuff them inside your jacket. 




Help Stop Zebra Mussels 

Zebra mussels have been found in several lakes and rivers 
in Missouri. Although less than 2 inches long, these exotics: 

■ DISRUPT native aquatic animals and communities 

■ CLOG the cooling systems of boat motors causing them to 
overheat 

■ PLUG intake pipes, cutting off water supplies to cities and power plants 

■ RUIN beaches with their sharp shells and rotting carcasses 

■ SPREAD quickly — a single female can produce 1 million eggs a year 

When moving from one water body to another: 
Clean, Drain and Dry! 

■ CLEAN all plants, animals and mud from your boat, putting plants and other 
debris in the trash. Thoroughly wash your boat, especially all crevices and 
other hidden areas. 

■ DRAIN all water from your boat, decoys and equipment before leaving the 
water body. 

■ DRY your boat completely before launching it in other waters. 

Report sightings to Invasive Species Coordinator, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, 
MO 65102-0180, or call 573-522-4 1 15, ext. 3371. Save several mussel shells for 
identification by placing them in rubbing alcohol or by freezing them. 



Permit and Stamp Requirements 

To pursue, take, possess and transport ducks, coots and geese in Missouri, 
except during the Conservation Order, a hunter must possess and carry the 
following, unless exempt: 

1) a Missouri permit^ to hunt small game is required of: 

■ Missouri residents age 16 through 64 

■ Nonresidents age 16 and older 

An annual permit is available to residents for $10 and nonresidents for 
$80 from any permit vendor. A daily permit is also available to nonresi- 
dents from any permit vendor for $11 per day. 

Exemption: Missouri resident landowners hunting on their own land do 
not need a Missouri small game hunting permit, but the Missouri Migra- 
tory Bird Hunting Permit and federal duck stamp are required (see below). 

2) Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit^ is required of: 

■ Residents and nonresidents age 16 and over. 

This permit is available for $6 from any permit vendor. Purchase of 
this permit satisfies requirements for Migratory Game Bird Harvest 
Registration. 

3) Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is 
required of: 

■ Residents and nonresidents age 16 and over. 

Tb be valid, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp 
(duck stamp) must be signed in ink across the face. The stamps are avail- 
able for $15 at U.S. Post Offices and some permit vendors. 

Permit Requirements for Hunters Younger Than 1 6 

Resident and nonresident hunters age 15 and younger are not required to 
purchase any permits in Missouri to hunt ducks, coots or geese during the 
regular season or light geese during the Conservation Order: 

■ If they are in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult 
hunter age 18 or older who has a valid hunter-education card or was 
born before Jan. 1, 1967; 

■ Or they possess a valid hunter-education card. 

Note: During the Youth Waterfowl-Hunting Days youth hunters must be in 
the immediate presence of an adult. See Page 14. 



^All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, must complete an approved Hunter Education 
program and display their card before purchasing any firearms hunting permit. 



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Who may purchase resident permits? 

■ Any person who does not claim resident privileges in another state or 
country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address 
are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying 
for the permit. Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school does not 
in itself make you a legal resident. 

■ Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of 
Columbia or serving in the U.S. armed forces. (Immediate family mem- 
bers who reside with them also may purchase resident permits.) 

■ All members of the U.S. armed forces residing in Missouri on permanent 
change of station status and immediate family members residing with 
them. 

■ Any honorably discharged military veteran having a service-related dis- 
ability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during mili- 
tary service; must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. 
Department of Veterans Affairs while hunting or purchasing permits. 

■ Nonresidents who are registered students attending a public or private 
secondary, post secondary, or vocational school in Missouri and who live 
in Missouri while attending school; must carry evidence of a Missouri 
residence and student status while hunting. Note: Nonresident students 
who qualify for resident permits must purchase them at Conservation 
Department offices. 

■ Immigrants who possess an 1-551 Resident Alien Card and who do not 
claim resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual 
residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and 
have been for at least 30 days before applying for the permit. 

Where to Purchase Permits 

Purchase Missouri small game hunting permits and the Missouri Migratory 
Bird Hunting Permit: 

■ Over the counter from any permit vendor. Buy early to avoid long lines. 

■ By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card, and pay a $2 sur- 
charge. Allow 10 days for delivery. 

■ Online anytime using the e-Permits System at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. 
Use your credit card, and pay a $1 surcharge. Print your permit at 
home and have it in hand within minutes. 

Purchase the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp 
(duck stamp) at U.S. Post Offices and selected permit vendors. 



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Apprentice Hunter Authorization 

Hunters age 16 and older who are not hunter-education certified may hunt 
with firearms, as long as they: 

■ first purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authorization, 

■ then purchase permits for the season they want to hunt, 

■ and hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult age 18 
or older who has a valid hunter-education certificate card or was born 
before Jan. 1, 1967. 

Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization by itself does not allow you 
to hunt. It only allows those who have not completed a hunter-education 
course to purchase firearms permits. The Apprentice Hunter Authorization 
can be purchased for no more than two years. 

Ducks and Coots 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Season Dates: See table on the back cover. 

Limits: 

Coots 15 daily and 30 in possession 

Ducks: The daily bag limit of ducks is 6 and may include no more than: 

Mallards 4, but no more than 2 females 

Wood ducks 3 

Hooded mergansers 2 

Pintails 2 

Redheads 2 

Scaup 2 

Black ducks 1 

Canvasbacks 1 

Mottled ducks 1 

The possession limit of ducks is 12 (twice the daily bag limit; varies by 

species.) 

Geese 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Season Dates: See table on the back cover. 

Limits: 

The daily bag limits of geese are: 

Snow, blue and Ross's (all species combined) 20 

Canada 3 

White-fronted 2 

Brant 1 

The possession limits of geese are twice the daily bag limits, except there 

is no possession limit for snow, blue and Ross's geese. 



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Light Goose Conservation Order: Feb. 1 -April 30 

A Light Goose Conservation Order will be in effect for the 14th consecutive 
year during spring 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implemented 
this Conservation Order to reduce numbers of snow (including their blue 
color phase) and Ross's geese because they have rapidly increased in num- 
ber and are causing damage to portions of the fragile arctic tundra. The 
Conservation Order will be in effect from Feb. 1 -April 30 with no bag limit. 
Hunters may use electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and shoot from 
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. 

Permit Requirement for Conservation Order 

During the Conservation Order residents and nonresidents age 16 and older 
only need a Conservation Order Permit to chase, pursue and take snow, 
blue and Ross's geese. This permit costs $5 for residents and $40 for non- 
residents. Hunters with either a Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner 
Permit or a Resident Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit do not need 
to purchase a Conservation Order Permit. See Page 10 for permit require- 
ments for hunters age 15 and younger. 

Note: A Missouri small game hunting permit, Missouri Migratory Bird 
Hunting Permit and federal duck stamp are not required during the Conser- 
vation Order. 



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Youth Waterfowl-Hunting Days 

In 2011, there are two youth-only waterfowl hunting days in each zone for 
ducks, geese and coots. Youth hunters must be: 

■ age 1 5 or younger; 

■ accompanied by an adult 1 8 years old or older who is not allowed to hunt 
ducks but who can participate in other open seasons. 

No permits are required for youth hunters. If the youth possesses a valid 
hunter-education card, the accompanying adult does not need a permit 
or hunter-education certification. However, if the youth is not hunter- 
education certified, the accompanying adult must be hunter-education 
certified unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967, and possess a Missouri 
permit to hunt small game or be exempt. 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Season Dates: See table on the back cover. 

Limits: The daily bag limit for ducks, geese and coots is the same as dur- 
ing the regular waterfowl seasons. Possession limits are twice the daily bag 
limit (varies by species), except there is no possession limit for light geese. 

Falconry Season for Ducks and Coots 

Season Dates and Hunting Hours: 

■ Sept. 10-25 statewide with hunting hours from sunrise to sunset 

■ during youth and regular duck seasons (see back cover for zones and 
dates) with hunting hours 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

■ Feb. 11 -March 10 statewide with hunting hours 1/2 hour before sunrise to 
sunset 

The daily bag limit shall not exceed 3 birds (including doves) singly or 
in the aggregate. The possession limit shall not exceed 6 birds (including 
doves) singly or in the aggregate. 



Harvest Survey Needs Your Response 

If you receive a Migratory Bird Harvest Survey in the mail, please complete 
and return it even if you did not hunt or were unsuccessful while afield. The 
information you provide is important and is considered when establishing 
hunting seasons each year. 



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Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your hunting plans? 
Not anymore. The Conservation Department's new e-Permits 
System lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and 
have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the 
permit if you lose or damage it. 

Find out how to use and enjoy e-Permits at 

mdc.mo.gov/epermits 

Then head to your favorite hunting spot! 



Not comfortable with online purchases? You can 
still buy yourfishing, hunting and trapping permits 
by phone, at any MDC office or your usual vendor. 



Serving nature and you 



Managed Waterfowl-Hunting Areas 

The Conservation Department offers managed waterfowl hunting on 15 con- 
servation areas, which are listed on pages 18-19. These intensively managed 
wetlands provide waterfowl with much-needed resources during spring and 
fall migration. Some of these areas have permanent blinds, and others pro- 
vide opportunities for hunters to wade in or hunt from layout boats or boat 
blinds. Most have disabled-accessible blinds. 

The Department limits the number of hunting parties on these areas 
to enhance the quality of the hunt and to maintain the integrity of the 
resource. There are four ways to obtain a hunting spot on a managed 
waterfowl-hunting area: 

■ Missouri residents may apply online for a reservation, which guarantees 
successful applicants a place to hunt on a specific day at a specific area. 
Applications are accepted from Sept. 1-18. 

■ Missouri residents may use the Quick Draw system at Eagle Bluffs, Grand 
Pass and Otter Slough. Hunters can apply or "draw" online and know if 
they will get a hunting spot prior to driving to the conservation area. Quick 
Draw allocates 80 percent of the daily hunting spots to those who apply 
online; the remaining 20 percent are allocated to "poor-line" hunters. If a 
successful online applicant fails to show up for the morning drawing, his 
or her hunting spot will be reallocated to "poor-line" hunters. Quick Draw 
allows hunters to apply for a hunting spot as little as three days in advance. 
A Quick Draw on Monday of each week will assign hunting slots for the 
following Friday through Monday. A Quick Draw on Thursday will assign 
slots for the following TUesday through Thursday. Quick Draw will begin 
accepting applications eight days before the season opens in the North and 
Middle zones. To learn more, visit mdc.mo.gov/quickdraw. 

■ Residents and nonresidents can hunt with a reservation holder or a suc- 
cessful Quick Draw applicant. Hunting parties are limited to four people. 

■ Residents and nonresidents can arrive at a managed waterfowl-hunting 
area and try their luck in the morning drawing or "poor line." 

New! Hunters wishing to reserve disabled-accessible blinds must complete 
a physician's statement of eligibility prior to their hunt. For forms and addi- 
tional information, visit nidc.nio.gov/node/9631. 



Report Your Bands: www.reportband.gov 

Bands recovered and reported by hunters provide important information about 
survival, migration, harvest rates and distributions for a wide variety of migratory 
game birds. 

To report band numbers from all types of birds (except pigeons), go online 
at www.reportband.gov or call 1-800-327-BAND (2263). You will receive a 
certificate of appreciation via email and information about the bird. The band is 
yours to keep. 



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How Managed Waterfowl Areas 
Divvy Up Poor-Line Spots 

Walk-in hunters trying their luck in the ''poor line" will use the ''Every Mem- 
ber Draws" (EMD) procedure at seven managed waterfowl-hunting areas 
(see map on Page 18). At EMD areas, every person in a hunting party draws 
a numbered block or "pill." The party uses its lowest number to determine 
its place in line to pick a hunting spot. On highly used waterfowl areas, the 
EMD system puts more hunters in the marsh by creating an incentive for 
hunters to team with family and friends instead of hunting alone. 

All other conservation areas use the "One Member Draws" (OMD) pro- 
cedure. At OMD areas, one member from each hunting party pulls a pill to 
determine the hunting party's place in line. Areas that use OMD turn fewer 
hunters away and would not benefit from EMD. 

After the pills are drawn, the lowest number gets first choice of the 
available hunting locations, followed by the second-lowest number, and so 
on until all available hunting spots are doled out. On some days, there may 
be more poor-line hunters than hunting locations, so it's possible that not 
everyone in the poor line will get a spot to hunt. 



Online Hunting Reports 

For hunting reports that are updated twice a week, results of waterfowl counts 
conducted every other week and a wealth of other information about waterfowl 
hunting in Missouri, go to: mdc.mo.gov/node/303. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with flyway and state 
waterfowl managers offers a website containing information about waterfowl 
status, monitoring, harvest and regulations. Go to www.flyways.us. 



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Managed Waterfowl-Hunting Areas 

If you are not a reservation holder or successful Quick Draw applicant, you 
must participate in the daily drawing or hunt with a reservation holder or 
successful Quick Draw applicant. For details, call the phone numbers noted 
after the area names or go to nidc.nio.gov/18556. 



New! 

Zone 

boundary ^ 
change ' 




New! 

Zone 

boundary 

change 



^ At areas denoted by a triangle, every member in 
the party draws for a hunting spot. See Page 1 7. 

# At areas denoted by a circle, one member of the 
party draws for a hunting spot. See Page 17. 

Areas denoted in red will use the Quick Draw System. 
For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/quickdraw. 



Zone Boundaries 

North Zone: That portion of Missouri north of a line running west from the Illinois bor- 
der at Lock and Dam 25; west on Lincoln County Hwy. N to Mo. Hwy. 79; south on Mo. 
Hwy. 79 to Mo. Hwy. 47; west on Mo. Hwy. 47 to 1-70; west on 1-70 to the Kansas border. 
Middle Zone: The remainder of Missouri not included in other zones. 
South Zone: That portion of Missouri south of a line running west from the Illinois bor- 
der on Mo. Hwy. 74 to Mo. Hwy. 25; south on Mo. Hwy. 25 to U.S. Hwy. 62; west on U.S. 
Hwy. 62 to Mo. Hwy. 53; north on Mo. Hwy. 53 to Mo. Hwy. 51; north on Mo. Hwy. 51 to 
U.S. Hwy. 60; west on U.S. Hwy. 60 to Mo. Hwy. 21; north on Mo. Hwy. 21 to Mo. Hwy. 
72; west on Mo. Hwy. 72 to Mo. Hwy. 32; west on Mo. Hwy. 32 to U.S. Hwy. 65; north on 
U.S. Hwy. 65 to U.S. Hwy. 54; west on U.S. Hwy. 54 to U.S. Hwy. 71; south on U.S. Hwy. 
71 to Jasper County Hwy. M; west on Jasper County Hwy. M to the Kansas border. 

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11 B. K. Leach CA (4,307 acres; Lincoln 
County) 573-898-5905. Walk-in 
hunting; water blinds; 1 ADA blind 
(636-441-4554); boats provided where 
needed; 1 p.m. closure. Drawing held 
at Kings Lake Tract off Norton Woods 
Road. 

12 Bob Brown CA A (3,302 acres; Holt 
County) Hunting likely will be limited 
due to flooding; reservations will not 
be issued for this area in 201 1 ; call 
660-446-3371 for more information. 

13 Columbia Bottom CA A (4,31 8 
acres; St. Louis County) 314-877-6014. 
Walk-in hunting; temporary blinds 
only; 1 ADA blind; boat ramps at most 
pools; permits and stamps; 1 p.m. 
closure. 

1 4 Duck Creek CA (7,557 acres; Bollinger, 
Stoddard and Wayne counties) 573- 
222-3337. Hunting likely will be 
limited due to renovation of units 

A and B; reservations will not be 
issued on this area in 201 1; available 
positions will be allocated through 
the morning drawing. 

1 5 Eagle Bluffs CA A (4,440 acres; 
Boone County) 573-445-3882. Walk-in 
hunting; temporary blinds only; 2 ADA 
blinds; permits and stamps; 1 p.m. 
closure in designated areas. 

16 Fountain Grove CA (7,1 54 acres; 
Linn and Livingston counties) 660- 
938-41 24. Walk-in hunting; water 
blinds; 1 ADA blind; boats provided 
for blinds only; boat ramps; camping; 
permits and stamps; 1 p.m. closure in 
designated areas. Note: Hunting in 
pools H and J will be dependent upon 
progress of wetland renovation. 

1 7 Four Rivers CA (1 3,929 acres; Vernon 
and Bates counties) 41 7-395-2341 . 
Units 1 and 2 have 8 shooting pools. 
Walk-in hunting; field hunting for 
geese; temporary blinds only; 1 ADA 
blind; boat ramps; camping; permits 
and stamps; open all day. 



18 Grand Pass CA A (5,096 acres; 

Saline County) 660-595-2444. Walk-in 
hunting; temporary blinds only; 1 
ADA blind; boat ramps at most pools; 
camping; permits and stamps; 1 p.m. 
closure. 

19 Marals Temps Clair CA A (91 8 acres; 
St. Charles County) 314-877-6014. 
Open to waterfowl hunting Friday- 
Monday only. Walk-in hunting; 1 ADA 
blind; 1 p.m. closure. 

21 Montrose CA (2,750 acres; Henry 
County) 660-693-4666. Water blinds; 
walk-in hunting; 1 ADA blind; boat 
ramp; camping; permits and stamps; 
open all day. 

22 Nodaway Valley CA (3,833 acres; 
Holt and Andrew counties) 660-446- 
3371 . Walk-in hunting; water blinds; 1 
ADA blind (81 6-271 -31 00); temporary 
blinds only; boat ramp; camping; 
permits and stamps; 1 p.m. closure in 
designated areas. 

23 Otter Slough CA A (4,866 acres; 
Stoddard County) 573-624-5821. 
Walk-in hunting; field hunting for 
geese; water blinds; temporary blinds 
only; 1 ADA blind; boats provided for 
blinds only; boat ramps; camping; 
permits and stamps; 1 p.m. closure. 

24 Schell-Osage CA (8,633 acres; Vernon 
and St. Clair counties) 41 7-432-341 4. 
Walk-in hunting; water blinds; 2 ADA 
blinds; field hunting for geese; boat 
ramp; camping; permits and stamps; 1 
p.m. closure in designated areas. 

26 Ted Shanks CA (6,705 acres; Pike 
County) 573-248-2530. Walk-in 
hunting; water blinds; 1 ADA blind; 
boats provided; boat ramp; camping; 
permits and stamps; 1 p.m. closure. 

27 Ten Mile Pond CA A (3,755 acres; 
Mississippi County) 573-649-2770. 
Walk-in hunting; field hunting for 
geese; temporary blinds only; boat 
ramp; permits and stamps; open all 
day. Note: Hunting may be limited 
due to flooding. 



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Federal Regulations Summary 

In addition to state regulations, the following federal rules apply to the 
hunting of migratory game birds. Note: This is only a summary. For more 
information, visit www.gpo.gov/fdsys, where a complete version of Title 
50, Part 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be found. When state law 
is different from federal law, hunters must follow the more restrictive law. 

No person shall take migratory game birds: 

^ With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 
gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fish hook, poison, drug, 
explosive or stupefying substance. 

^ With a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is 
plugged with a one-piece filler that is incapable of removal without 
disassembling the gun. 

^ From or by means, aid or use of a sink box or any other type of low- 
floating device having a depression affording the hunter a means of 
concealment beneath the surface of the water. 

^ From or by means, aid or use of any motor vehicle, motor-driven land 
conveyance or aircraft of any kind, except that paraplegics and persons 
missing one or both legs may take from any stationary motor vehicle or 
stationary motor-driven land conveyance. 

^ From or by means of any motorboat or other craft having a motor 

attached, or any sailboat, unless the motor has been completely shut off 
and/or the sails furled, and its progress there from has ceased. 

^ By the use or aid of live birds as decoys. All live, tame or captive ducks 
and geese shall be removed for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to 
hunting, and confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces 
the audibility of their calls and totally conceals such tame birds from the 
sight of migratory waterfowl. 

^ By the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds, 
or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds. 

^ By means or aid of any motor-driven land, water or air conveyance, or 
any sailboat used for the purpose of or resulting in the concentrating, 
driving, rallying or stirring up of any migratory bird. 

^ By the aid of baiting (placing feed such as corn, wheat, salt or other 
feed to constitute a lure or enticement), or on or over any baited area. 
Hunters should be aware that a baited area is considered to be baited 
for 10 days after the removal of the bait, and it is not necessary for the 
hunter to know an area is or was baited to be in violation. Agricultural 
areas must be prepared in accordance with official recommendations to 
be legally hunted. It is a separate offense to place bait on or adjacent to 
an area that causes, induces or allows another to hunt by the aid of bait 
or over a baited area. 

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WANTON WASTE: No person shall kill or cripple any migratory game bird 
without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird, and retain it in 
one's actual custody, at the place where taken or between that place and 
either (a) one's automobile or principal means of land transportation; or 
(b) one's personal abode or temporary or transient place of lodging; or (c) 
a migratory bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office; or (e) a common 
carrier facility. 

OPENING DAY OF A SEASON: No person on the opening day of the season 
shall possess any freshly killed migratory game birds in excess of the daily 
bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies. 

FIELD POSSESSION LIMIT: No person shall possess, have in custody or 
transport more than the daily bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, 
whichever applies, of migratory game birds, tagged or not tagged, at or 
between the place where taken and either (a) one's automobile or principal 
means of land transportation; or (b) one's personal abode or temporary or 
transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory bird preservation facility; or 
(d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility. 

TAGGING REQUIREMENTS: No person shall put or leave any migratory 
game birds at any place (other than one's personal abode), or in the 
custody of another person for picking, cleaning, processing, shipping, 
transportation or storage (including temporary storage), or for the 
purpose of having taxidermy services performed, unless such birds have 
a tag attached, signed by the hunter, stating the hunter's address, the 
total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were killed. 
Migratory game birds being transported in any vehicle as the personal 
baggage of the possessor shall not be considered as being in storage or 
temporary storage. 

CUSTODY OF BIRDS OF ANOTHER: No person shall receive or have in 
custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such 
birds are properly tagged. 

TERMINATION OF POSSESSION: Subject to all other requirements of this 
part, the possession of birds taken by any hunter shall be deemed to have 
ceased when such birds have been delivered by the hunter to another 
person as a gift; or have been delivered by the hunter to a post office, a 
common carrier or a migratory bird preservation facility and consigned for 
transport by the Postal Service or a common carrier to some person other 
than the hunter. 

GIFT OF MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS: No person may receive, possess or 
give to another any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at 
the personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag 
attached, signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating such hunter's 
address, the total number and species of birds and the date such birds were 
taken. 

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TRANSPORTATION OF BIRDS OF ANOTHER: No person shall transport 
migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are 
properly tagged. 

SPECIES IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: No person shall transport within 
the United States any migratory game birds, except doves and band-tailed 
pigeons, unless the head or one fully feathered wing remains attached to 
each such bird at all times while being transported from the place where 
taken until they have arrived at the personal abode of the possessor or a 
migratory bird preservation facility. 

MARKING PACKAGE OR CONTAINER: No person shall transport by the 
U.S. Postal Service or a common carrier migratory game birds unless the 
package or container in which such birds are transported has the name 
and address of the shipper and the consignee and an accurate statement 
of the numbers of each species of birds therein contained clearly and 
conspicuously marked on the outside thereof. 

NONTOXIC SHOT: Shot (either in shotshells or as loose shot for 
muzzleloading) possessed or used while hunting waterfowl and coots 
statewide, or doves, rails, snipe and woodcock as designated by posting on 
public areas, must be approved as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service. As of August 2011, shot types approved as being nontoxic are: 



• bismuth-tin 

• iron (steel) 

• iron-tungsten 

• iron-tungsten-nickel 

• tungsten-bronze (two types) 

• tungsten-iron-copper-nickel 



• tungsten-matrix 

• tungsten-polymer 

• tungsten-tin-iron 

• tungsten-tin-bismuth 

• tungsten-tin-iron-nickel 

• tungsten-iron-polymer 




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1 



Be a better 
hunter: Know 
your effective 
target range 
before the m 
season begins! 



Tips for Shooting Nontoxic Shot 

Of the many approved types of nontoxic shot, each 
has its own characteristics and benefits. Some, such 
as steel, are harder, pattern tighter and have more 
pellets in each load than lead shot. Others are more 
expensive, but have characteristics similar to lead. 
Regardless of what you choose, learn how it works 
with your shotgun before heading out to hunt. 

Many hunters underestimate distances and shoot birds out of range. Find 
your effective range with nontoxic shot by practicing shooting at a target 20 
yards away. Once you have that down, increase the distance to your target 
in small increments. This will help you learn to judge distances and how 
far you can effectively shoot before you go hunting. 

To help hunters become more efficient and ethical harvesters of 
waterfowl and other game using nontoxic ammunition, the Conservation 
Department offers "Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter." These 
classes were developed based on peer-reviewed scientific research by the 
Cooperative North American Shotgunning Education Program (CONSEP). 
Certified instructors will teach participants how to choose the correct 
choke, load and shot size for different game, how to estimate shooting 
distances, and how to effectively lead their target. For information, go to 
mdc.mo.gov/hunt/gamebird/wingshooting.htm. 



Suggested Shot Size Selection for Waterfowl 


Waterfowl 
species 


Minimum 


Typical hunting 
conditions 


Minimum desired 
pattern density 
(hits/30" circle) 


Small/ 

medium 

ducks 


6 steel^ 

6 bismuth 

6 tungsten alloy 


3-4 steel 

4-6 bismuth 

4-6 tungsten alloy 


120 


Large ducks 


4 steel 

6 bismuth 

6 tungsten alloy 


2-3 steel 

4 bismuth 

4-6 tungsten alloy 


90 


Small geese 


2 steel 

2 bismuth 

4 tungsten alloy 


1-BB steel 
2 bismuth 
2 tungsten alloy 


60 


Large geese 


2 steel 

2 bismuth 

4 tungsten alloy 


BB-BBB steel 
1-BB bismuth 
2-BB tungsten alloy 


50 


Close range is less than 35 yards; all shots should be limited to less than 45 yards. 
Velocity on all loads should be a minimum of 1,225 FPS. 

^Note: Small shot (#6) is an excellent choice for finishing wounded waterfowl at 
close range. 



23 



Duck Identification 



The daily bag limit is 6 ducks with the following species restrictions: 

Mallard ■ 4 in the daily bag, but only 2 hens 

Mallards, or "green heads," are Missouri's most common duck. Hens have a loud quack; 
drakes give a lower-pitched kwek-kwek. 

Mottled brown body 



Hen 



Blue speculum 
bordered with 
white 




/ 

Orange bill 



Blue speculum 
bordered with 
white 



Drake 



Iridescent 
green head 




American Black Duck ■ 1 in the daily bag 

Male and female black ducks are similar in size, flight, voice and coloration to mallard 
hens. To avoid confusion, look for the white underwing and the green-tinted bill. 



Drake 




Dark body 
contrasts with 



white underwing 

,_...^ Green-tinted bill 



^ 



Northern Pintail ■ 2 in the daily bag 

These slender ducks fly fast and often zigzag from great heights before leveling off 
to land. They may be seen in flocks with mallards. Drakes whistle; hens give a coarse 
quack. 



pointed 
tail 



long, slender 
/white neck 




long, 

pointed 

wings 






7^ 



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For more duck identification information, visit www.flyways.us. 



Gadwall ■ 6 in the daily bag 

These early migrants fly in small, compact flocks. They are the only dabbling duck with 
a white speculum. Note, however, that wigeon drakes have white shoulder patches. 




black tail 



gray body 



brown body 



white speculum 







American Wigeon ■ 6 in the daily bag 

The green eyestripe and white belly and shoulder patch helps identify wigeon drakes. 
Hens are generally brown. Both sexes have stubby bills and slightly pointed tails. 



Hen ^^^^^^. 

/ ^m stubby 

/ ^m bill 

slightly ^W 

pointed ^^ 

tail 



Drake 






white 

shoulder 

patch 



white belly 



Wood Duck ■ 3 in the daily bag 

The drake wood duck is Missouri's most colorful duck. While flying, their wings make a 
rustling, swishing sound. Drakes call hoo-w-ett, often in flight; hens give a wailing 
cr-r-ekk when frightened. 



Drake 



blocky head 

/ 




7^ 



25 



Duck Identification 



Northern Shoveler ■ 6 in the daily bag 

The large spoon-shaped bill helps identify this duck. Shovelers often form mixed flocks 
with blue-winged teal. Both species have pale-blue shoulder patches, but shovelers are 
larger. 

large, shovel-shaped bill w^ 



Drake 




pale-blue 
shoulder 
patch 



7^ 



Blue-Winged Teal ■ 6 in the daily bag 

These swift-flying early migrants are normally far south of Missouri by the time the 
regular waterfowl season opens. However, a few stragglers may show up throughout 
the fall. 



small size 



Drake 




pale-blue 
shoulder patch 






Green-Winged Teal ■ 6 in the daily bag 

Green-winged teal are North America's smallest duck. Their size, rapid flight and 
iridescent-green wing patches help to identify this duck. 



Drake 



iridescent- 
green 
speculum 




Hen 



5 



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Illustrations from "Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide." 
Used with permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 



Canvasback ■ 1 in the daily bag 

The swiftest of all ducks, the canvasback has a rapid and noisy wingbeat. The bill, 
lighter coloration and large size distinguish this duck from the similar-looking redhead. 



Drake 



forehead slopes 
to long, black bill 







/ 

large, light-colored body 

Redhead ■ 2 in the daily bag 

Redheads are most often confused with canvasbacks, but in flight they also look 
similar to ringnecks and scaup. Note the steep forehead and short, bluish-gray bill. 



Drake 



steep forehead 




smaller than 
canvasback 



bluish-gray bill 



Hen 



^ 

Y 



Hooded Merganser ■ 2 in the daily bag 

The rapid wing strokes of hooded mergansers give the impression of great speed. 
Mergansers are often seen in pairs or very small flocks. 



Drake 



white on trailing 
edge of wing .^ 



thin white crest 
on drake 




^ 



pointed bill 



27 



Duck Identification 



Ring-Necked Duck(Ringneck) ■ 6 in the daily bag 

This diver can be easily confused with scaup and redheads. In flight, the dark wings of 
ringnecks are different from the white-edged wings of scaup. The bold white ring at 
the tip of the bill is usually conspicuous. 



Drake 




dark wings 
without 
white edges 



blackhead 




bold white 
ring at tip 
of bill 



>f 



Greater and Lesser Scaup ■ 2 in the daily bag 

Except for the wings, greater and lesser scaup appear almost identical in the field. The 
white band near the trailing edges of the wings runs almost to the wing tip in greater 
scaup, but only halfway in the lesser. Do not confuse scaup with the similar-looking 
ring-necked duck. 



Drake 



white-edged 
wings 



black 
head 




Hen 



white at the 
base of the bill 






Trumpeter Swan 



Trumpeter swans are protected by federal and state laws and may not be shot! 

Trumpeter swans are twice the size of Canada geese and four times the size of 
snow geese. Note: Young swans are gray. 



large size 



white wing 
and body 



white wingtips 




long white neck 

\ 



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Goose Identification 



Canada Goose ■ Daily Bag Limit = 3 



Canada geese are often 
called "honkers" because 
of their distinctive call. 
The black head and neck, 
white cheek patch and 
brownish-gray body are 
distinctive. 




black head, bill and neck 



brownish- 
gray body 



white 
cheek 
patch 



Snow Goose and Ross's Goose ■ Daily Bag Limit = 20 

Snow geese have two color phases: white and blue. Ross's geese appear nearly 
identical to snow geese, but have a shorter bill with no "grin patch." 



Blue phase 



white 
head 
and 
neck 




brown back 



breast color 
varies from dark 
gray to white 



White phase 



short white neck 

\ 



/ 



gray bill forms "grin 
patch" where upper 
and lower portions 
meet 



black tips on 
white wings 

/ 



i 




white body 



White-Fronted Goose ■ Daily Bag Limit = 2 



White-fronted geese, or "speckle- 
bellies," fly in V-shaped flocks. Their 
call is a laugh-like series of high- 
pitched paired notes. Note: Immature 
white-fronted geese and immature 
snow geese appear similar. Immature 
white-fronted geese have pink bills, 
orange legs and black tails. Immature 
snow geese have gray bills, gray legs 
and white tails. 



pink bill with 
white base ~ 



brown back 

/ 




white underparts 
with dark patches 



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Contact Information 




Serving nature and you 



Director, 
Department of Conservation 

Robert L. Ziehmer 

The Conservation Commission 

Don C Bedell 
JamesT. Blair, IV 
Don R.Johnson 
Becky L. Plattner 

Missouri Department of 

Conservation 

P.O. Box 180 

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 

573-751-4115 

mdc.mo.gov 

Equal opportunity to participate 
in and benefit from programs 
of the Missouri Department of 
Conservation is available to all 
individuals without regard to their 
race, color, national origin, sex, 
age or disability. Questions should 
be directed to the Department of 
Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson 
City, MO 65102, 573-751-4115 
(voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or 
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 
N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP- 
4020, Arlington, VA 22203. 




Central Region 

1907 Hillcrest Drive 
Columbia, MO 65201 
573-884-6861 

Kansas City Region 

12405 SERanson Road 
Lee's Summit, MO 64082 
816-622-0900 

Northeast Region 

3500 S. Baltimore 
Kirksville, MO 63501 
660-785-2420 

Northwest Region 

701 James McCarthy Drive 
St. Joseph, MO 64507 
816-271-3100 



Ozark Region 

551 Joe Jones Blvd. 
West Plains, MO 65775 
417-256-7161 

Southeast Region 

2302 County Park Drive 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 
573-290-5730 

Southwest Region 

2630 N. Mayfair 
Springfield, MO 65803 
417-895-6880 

St. Louis Region 

2360 Highway D 
St. Charles, MO 63304 
636-441-4554 



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Sunrise and Sunset at Jefferson City, Mo. 





OCT. 2011 


NOV. 2011 


DEC. 2011 


JAN. 


2012 


Rise Set 


Rise Set 


Rise Set 


Rise 


Set 


DAY 


A.M. P.M. 


A.M. P.M. 


A.M. P.M. 


A.M. 


P.M. 


1 


7:04 6:52 


7:35 6:09 


7:07 4:48 


7:26 


4:58 


2 


7:05 6:50 


7:36 6:08 


7:08 4:48 


7:27 


4:59 


3 


7:06 6:49 


7:37 6:07 


7:09 4:48 


7:27 


5:00 


4 


7:07 6:47 


7:38 6:06 


7:10 4:48 


7:27 


5:01 


5 


7:08 6:46 


7:39 6:05 


7:11 4:47 


7:27 


5:01 


6 


7:09 6:44 


6:41 5:04 


7:12 4:47 


7:27 


5:02 


7 


7:10 6:43 


6:42 5:03 


7:13 4:47 


7:27 


5:03 


8 


7:1 1 6:41 


6:43 5:02 


7:14 4:47 


7:27 


5:04 


9 


7:12 6:40 


6:44 5:01 


7:14 4:47 


7:26 


5:05 


10 


7:13 6:38 


6:45 5:00 


7:15 4:48 


7:26 


5:06 


11 


7:14 6:37 


6:46 4:59 


7:16 4:48 


7:26 


5:07 


12 


7:15 6:35 


6:47 4:58 


7:17 4:48 


7:26 


5:08 


13 


7:16 6:34 


6:48 4:57 


7:18 4:48 


7:26 


5:09 


14 


7:17 6:32 


6:49 4:57 


7:18 4:48 


7:25 


5:10 


15 


7:18 6:31 


6:50 4:56 


7:19 4:49 


7:25 


5:11 


16 


7:19 6:29 


6:52 4:55 


7:20 4:49 


7:25 


5:12 


17 


7:20 6:28 


6:53 4:54 


7:20 4:49 


7:24 


5:13 


18 


7:21 6:27 


6:54 4:54 


7:21 4:50 


7:24 


5:14 


19 


7:22 6:25 


6:55 4:53 


7:21 4:50 


7:23 


5:16 


20 


7:23 6:24 


6:56 4:52 


7:22 4:50 


7:23 


5:17 


21 


7:24 6:23 


6:57 4:52 


7:23 4:51 


7:22 


5:18 


22 


7:25 6:21 


6:58 4:51 


7:23 4:51 


7:22 


5:19 


23 


7:26 6:20 


6:59 4:51 


7:24 4:52 


7:21 


5:20 


24 


7:27 6:19 


7:00 4:50 


7:24 4:53 


7:21 


5:21 


25 


7:28 6:17 


7:01 4:50 


7:24 4:53 


7:20 


5:22 


26 


7:29 6:16 


7:02 4:50 


7:25 4:54 


7:19 


5:23 


27 


7:30 6:15 


7:03 4:49 


7:25 4:54 


7:19 


5:25 


28 


7:31 6:14 


7:04 4:49 


7:25 4:55 


7:18 


5:26 


29 


7:32 6:12 


7:05 4:49 


7:26 4:56 


7:17 


5:27 


30 


7:33 6:11 


7:06 4:48 


7:26 4:57 


7:16 


5:28 


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201 1 -201 2 Waterfowl Seasons 


Zone 


Youth 
Hunt 


Ducks 


Canada Geese 
and Brant 


White- 
fronted 
Geese 


Light Geese 

(snow, blue, 

Ross's)^ 


North 


Oct. 22-23 


Oct. 29- 
Dec. 27 


Oct. 1-9 

and 

Nov.24-Jan.31 


Nov. 24- 
Jan.31 


Oct. 29- 
Jan.31 


Middle 


Oct. 22-23 


Nov. 5- 
Jan.3 


South 


Nov. 19-20 


Nov. 24- 
Jan.22 


^The Light Goose Conservation Order will be in effect from Feb. 1 through 

April 30, 2012, with no bag limit. Hunters may use electronic calls and unplugged 
shotguns, and shoot from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. 
A Conservation Order Permit is the only permit required, unless exempt. 
See Page 13 for details. 



Shooting Hours 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Daily Bag Limits 

(See Page 12 for possession limits.) 



Coot Bag Limit 

15 coots daily 

Duck Bag Limit 

6 ducks daily with species 
restrictions of: 
4 mallards 

(no more than 2 females) 
3 wood ducks 
2 scaup 
2 redheads 
2 hooded mergansers 

2 pintail 
1 canvasback 
1 black duck 

1 mottled duck 

Goose Bag Limits 

20 light geese 

3 Canada geese 

2 white-fronted geese 
1 brant 




For zone boundary changes, 
see Page 18. 



For permit information, seepages 10-13. 

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